#32 — The Last Painting of Sara de Vos

The Last Painting of Sara de Vos by Dominic Smith
Rating: 2/5
  • It wasn’t horrible, but it wasn’t good either. The “crime” that was committed wasn’t really a big deal in the scheme of things, considering the woman’s a hundred years old — maybe in the art world it matters?
  • It was clear that a lot of research about Dutch women painters was done for this book; it felt as though the story was used a vehicle to show off the research. None of the characters had that much depth or had personalities that you cared much about
  • The book is about an art forgery — the flaw of the forgery is that the artist was only able to look at the surface of things. While this book is not a forgery, it is similar to the forged painting in that it is a detailed, painstakingly developed product that is simultaneously superficial and shallow. It attempts the style and work of others who are much more talented and inspired